Solar Weather – Don’t Let the Sun Make You Cry

An old song says, “Don’t let the sun catch you crying.” But when it comes to solar weather, don’t let the sun make you cry. Is it possible that the sun could cause depression or even be bad for your health?

Most of us are aware of the winter blues we can get when weather’s gloomier and days are shorter. And we can get badly sunburned by summer’s dazzling rays. But there’s more to it than that. Yesterday’s DestinySurvival Radio show focused on the surprising effects of the sun on our health. My guests were George and Brooksi Plymale from FlareAware.


FlareAware Can Keep You from Crying

FlareAware is the notification service dedicated specifically to alerting common everyday people of the potentially hazardous solar flares and coronal mass ejections of our local star, the sun.

George and Brooksi are passionate about making you and me aware of what the sun is doing or could do. That’s because it’s more of a factor in our daily lives than we realize. Sadly, overcoming ignorance about this is an uphill battle.

Their company offers a way for us to know about solar weather. They do this with a system that gives various alerts you can receive as text or voice messages by phone. It’s like the up to the minute severe storm weather alerts you can get from local radio and TV stations, only these are alerts about what the sun is doing.

You may not think this is very significant. But when you listen to my conversation with George and Brooksi, you’ll come away with a different point of view.


Why the Sun Could Make You Cry

Most of us have heard of the possibility that a solar induced electromagnetic pulse (EMP) could play havoc with our power grid and the electronic devices we use every day. It’s not a matter of if, but when this will happen. Experts differ on how bad things will get. But one thing’s for sure. Our country isn’t ready for it, so you and I must be, to the best of our ability.

But there’s more. George and Brooksi Plymale maintain that the sun plays a critical role in our lives every day, whether we realize it or not. And this is the more immediate concern. After all, we take heed to storm warnings when there’s an oncoming tornado or hurricane so we can take appropriate measures to protect ourselves.

So why shouldn’t we be ready for the impact of solar storms? We need to know what to anticipate because we may not have much time to get ready–anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days.


The Health You Say

Like radon, the sun is a silent killer.Its activity can bring about heart attacks, strokes, depression, headaches, insomnia, suicide, homicide and other violent crimes. It can even affect stock market fluctuations.

Does that sound far fetched? It’s not as weird as you’d think. George and Brooksi know of dozens and dozens of studies which give evidence of the sun’s effects on our health. Most of those studies have been done overseas, such as in Russia. The U.S. is woefully behind in such scientific explorations. Thus, we don’t take this as seriously as we should.

We as a society aren’t as healthy as we should be, and perhaps this makes us more vulnerable. The impact of the sun’s energy on us is magnified as a result. Our bodies are more prone to the fluctuations of geomagnetic fields than we realize.

Here are a few of the other consequences we face from coronal mass ejections and geomagnetic storms.


  • 210% rise in hospitalization due to heart attack
  • 150% rise in hospitalization due to stroke
  • 160% rise in occurrences of chest pain and irregular heart beat
  • 10%-15% rise in mortality rates, or death


Dry Your Tears and Take Action

George and Brooksi ask people to please consider the benefits of knowing when you’re at risk so you can protect yourself and your family from further dangers. Subscribe to FlareAware’s Health Plus Plan, which is designed to alert its subscribers to those periods of increased dangers. They pull widespread information together so you don’t have to scrounge for it.

Then get proactive. Be sure you’re healthy. And plan so you can be prepared for what might happen.

If you’re a heart patient, take extra good care of yourself when you know a solar induced event is coming. Don’t engage in strenuous activities. Make sure you have your medications on hand. Have someone check to see that you’re OK, just as you would when major terrestrial storms come through.


Could the Coming Comet Make the Sun Cry?

Comet Ison is headed toward the sun. As far as we know, we haven’t had one this close or this large come by like this. What might happen to solar weather?

George and Brooksi took a cautious stance, saying there’s a lot of speculative information going around. They’re just as curious to see what willl happen as the rest of us.


Find Out More

Hear my conversation with George and Brooksi Plymale when you listen to DestinySurvival Radio for November 14, 2013. (Right click to download the MP3 file.) View my post about their previous DestinySurvival Radio conversation last year here I shared more about FlareAware here.

Click on the FlareAware ad below. You’ll be taken directly to the FlareAware site. Subscribe to FlareAware’s phone text or voice alert service to get the most current alerts to space weather storms and conditions. The site has more information on solar weather and it’s effects. Check out the videos and frequently asked questions to get answers, or ask a question you have.

FlareAware is working toward developing earthbound technology that would give more instantaneous, useful solar weather readings. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about these innovations.


A Final Pondering

The Bible book of Genesis gives us the creation account of the formation of the sun, stars and planets. (Genesis 1:14-18) Verse 14 says these are for “signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” God has created a wondrous universe, and we know far less about it than we want to acknowledge. Students of astronomy–all the way from ancient tribespeople to modern scientists–can learn a great deal from the visible appearance of our sun. But what if we’re finally learning to glean vital knowledge from the signs that come from the sun’s invisible energies?

Any thoughts? Please leave a comment below. I’d love to know what’s on your mind.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.